Saving bugs business



DAYLIGHT saving would be welcomed with open arms by the Gold Coast's business community.

Robina Chamber of Commerce president Wayne Atkinson said Robina businesses were whole-heartedly behind the Liberals' agenda to re-introduce daylight saving to south-east Queensland through a two-year trial.

Mr Atkinson said cross-border confusion economically disadvantaged Gold Coast businesses.

"It's just crazy to have two time zones because we are so close to Tweed Heads and the Northern Rivers," Mr Atkinson said.

"Trying to do business is difficult."

He said daylight saving also created havoc for tourists.

"It's difficult with people trying to catch planes at the Gold Coast Airport," Mr Atkinson said.

"We would support daylight saving totally."

Robina MP Bob Quinn said Suncorp Metway has revealed it spent an additional $2 million every time daylight saving occurred.

"This is from having to alter opening hours and juggle treasury operations across two time zones," Mr Quinn said.

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey said it was ludicrous the tourism mecca of Queensland's time zone conflicted with its southern counterparts.

"It also creates stress for small business and people with appointments," she said.



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